Persona: A Biography of Yukio Mishima

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By Naoki Inose, Hiroaki Sato

Yukio Mishima (b. 1925) was once a super author and highbrow whose relentless obsession with good looks, purity, and patriotism resulted in his marvelous self-disembowelment and decapitation in downtown Tokyo in 1970. Nominated for the Nobel Prize, Mishima was once the best-known novelist of his time (works like Confessions of a Mask and The Temple of the Golden Pavilion are nonetheless in print in English), and his legacy—his persona—is nonetheless commemorated and questioned over.

Who used to be Yukio Mishima fairly? This, the 1st complete biography to seem in English in nearly 40 years, lines Mishima's trajectory from a sickly boy named Kimitake Hiraoka to a hard-bodied scholar of martial arts. intimately it examines his kin existence, the wartime years, and his emergence, then reputation, as a author and recommend for normal values. printed listed below are all of the personalities and conflicts and infrequently petty backbiting that formed the tradition of postwar literary Japan.

Working fullyyt from fundamental resources and fabric unavailable to different biographers, writer Naoki Inose and translator Hiroaki Sato jointly have produced a huge paintings that covers a lot new floor in unparalleled intensity. utilizing interviews, social and mental research, and shut analyzing of novels and essays, Persona gets rid of the masks that Mishima so artfully created to hide his precise self.

Naoki Inose, at the moment vice governor of Tokyo, has additionally written biographies of writers Kikuchi Kan and Osamu Dazai.

New York–based Hiroaki Sato is an award-winning translator of classical and smooth eastern poetry, and in addition translated Mishima's novel Silk and Insight.

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